Overweight people should pay ‘fat tax’ to cover healthcare costs, German MP says



The question must be admitted whether the immense costs that, for example, arise from excessive consumption of food, can be permanently paid out of the consolidated health system,” said Marco Wanderwitz, the conservative MP for the state of Saxony.
“I think it’s sensible that people who knowingly live unhealthily carry a responsibility for it in a financial respect,” said Mr Wanderwitz, who is also head of Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Christian Democrats’s group of young parliamentarians

Germany’s health system is funded by a series of mandatory health insurance funds, all of which are reporting serious deficits as the system is overused.
Bild, the German newspaper, estimated that treatment for obesity-related illnesses cost Germany some £16 billion a year.
Recently the German Teachers’ Association recommended weighing children in class each day and reporting the seriously overweight to social services, who would have the power to remove them to clinics.
– News Story

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    Ammara said,

    weighing EVERY DAY
    are they tryin to make the fat people kill themselves 😐


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